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And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

Jun 23, 2011, 5:58 AM EDT

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Yankees 4, Reds 2; Reds 10, Yankees 2: A twin bill thanks to Tuesday night’s rain. We start with the second one because that has the coolest thing in it: Chris Heisey hitting three homers and driving in five. Like a boss. New York takes the first one with an effective outing from Freddy Garcia and a two-run homer from Jorge Posada, his first since April 23rd.

Nationals 2, Mariners 1: Look who’s sittin’ at .500. Danny Espinosa drove in the first run and scored the second while five Nats pitchers combined to stifle the M’s bats. Erik Bedard struck out 10 and didn’t allow any earned runs over six innings, so he really deserved a better fate. At least from a baseball perspective. I mean, we don’t know for sure that he didn’t kill a hobo on a dare when he was in high school and thus everything bad that happens to him isn’t something he totally has coming to him. We don’t really know any of these guys that well, do we?

Astros 5, Rangers 3: Whoa. Neftali Feliz blew a 3-1 lead in the ninth inning, with the capper coming on a pinch-hit two-run homer by Matt Downs.  Maybe the fact that he had a 35-pitch outing in the Texas heat the night before had something to do with it?

Pirates 5, Orioles 4: Blake Davis, 27-year-old rookie makes his major league debut and his error — a Josh Harrison grounder through the wickets — ends up costing the O’s the game.  George Burns was right: baseball is a horrible bitch goddess.

Rays 6, Brewers 3: David Price pitched well — struck out ten — but his game was more notable for a nasty slide into second that drew blood and the fact that he wore his shinguard on the wrong shin during one of his at bats. Kelly Shoppach‘s assessment after the game: “There’s a lot of baseball purists out there that love the pitchers hitting, but oh my gosh.”  Well, yeah.

Tigers 7, Dodgers 5: Homers from Casper Wells,  Miguel Cabrera, Don Kelly and Magglio Ordonez and a nifty game-ending catch from Austin Jackson with the bases jacked in the bottom of the ninth. Observed: the Dodgers both look bad and play bad in their baby blue throwback uniforms.

Braves 5, Blue Jays 1: Brandon Beachy returned from the DL and struck out 11 over six innings. The only blemish was a homer allowed to Jose Bautista. Of course. he’s not alone in allowing that particular blemish. And if you missed it, Bautista made a helluva catch, robbing Jordan Schafer of a homer.

Padres 5, Red Sox 1: A wise man once said: “sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains so damn much that you have four rain delays and then the game ends up being called after seven and a half innings anyway.” Clayton Richard stuck it out through two of the delays, giving up one run and eight hits over five innings. Four hits for Adrian Gonzalez, who is more machine than man.

Indians 4, Rockies 3: For the second night in a row a Rockies player hits two homers off the Indians. This time it’s Ty Wigginton. Unlike the night before, however, this time it’s in a losing effort, as Josh Tomlin beats Jason Hammel. One of the Tribe’s runs scored on a Hammel balk, so that’s special.

Phillies 4, Cardinals 0: A six-hit shutout for Cliff Lee, who has been absolutely incredible in June. One earned run in 33 innings.

Giants 5, Twins 1: Ryan Vogelsong has been damn spiffy too, and threw yet another gem: one run on three hits in seven inning, lowering his ERA to 1.86. Eli Whiteside had a triple, single and three RBI.

Angels 6, Marlins 5: As has been the case throughout this series, the Angels had a ton of chances. And they failed to capitalize on them early. As the game wore on, however, things started to fall for them. The most important being a Mark Trumbo RBI single in the 10th. Torii Hunter left the game after slamming into the right field wall, though x-rays were negative. Which is a positive thing.

Diamondbacks 3, Royals 2: Ian Kennedy keeps on keeping on, winning his eighth game and lowering his ERA to 2.90.

Mets 3, Athletics 2: Last week the Mets lost on a walkoff balk. Last night they won on a walkoff plunk. Justin Turner on the pitch that hit him:

“I’m staying in and holding my ground. Unless it’s at my face or around my ankle or something, I’ll stay in there and take the bruise and get that game over with.”

Dude: at least pretend that you tried to get out of the way but couldn’t, as is your obligation as a hitter.

White Sox 4, Cubs 3: Jake Peavy and his catcher A.J. Pierzynski exchanged some words when Peavy was pulled from the game and the dispute spilled into the dugout a bit after the inning was over. I’m having a hard time processing the fact that, from what I can tell, it was Peavy being the jerk in this thing, not Pierzynski.  Oh well, they made nice afterwards and they won the game, so it doesn’t matter.

  1. Jonny 5 - Jun 23, 2011 at 8:31 AM

    The Phillies may just have 3 of their pitchers start the All star game at this rate. Which would be kinda cool.

  2. Chris Fiorentino - Jun 23, 2011 at 8:39 AM

    Phillies keep on trucking and we have Uncle Cholly on record asking for a right handed bat. Sure, would a right handed bat be nice to replace the bum that is Ben Francisco? Of course. But I read a comment from someone saying the Phillies offense is “dreck” or some such thing. Really? 6th in the NL in runs and 5th in OBP is “dreck”? Come on guys…we can’t have it all. I would love to have another right handed bat too, but if this is the team the Phillies go to the playoffs with, then I’m confident that with this pitching, combined with a solid but unspectacular offense, that everything will be fine. The names being thrown out there don’t impress me all that much…Willingham, Ankiel, etc. Bleh. Michael Young? Sure, but the Rangers were never going to just give the guy away.

    The Phillies are playing so well right now it is hard to believe that anybody can have a complaint about them. They have averaged almost 5 runs a game since Utley’s return. Relax people.

    • Jonny 5 - Jun 23, 2011 at 8:50 AM

      Chris, check out these idiots if you really feel like punching things. Marcus Hayes and Mandy Housenick, bringing a whole new level of stupid to us all.

      http://crashburnalley.com/2011/06/21/i-award-you-no-points/

    • halladaysbicepts - Jun 23, 2011 at 9:37 AM

      I just bought a Cliff Lee poster. I placed the poster in my basement and have a shrine built around it.

      • Old Gator - Jun 23, 2011 at 10:00 AM

        Need a goat? My neighbor has plenty of them. Rabbits and chickens too. Jobu hungry tonight.

      • halladaysbicepts - Jun 23, 2011 at 10:04 AM

        Old Gator,

        When you get a chance, good McKeon interview on danpatrick.com. Check it out. I always liked the guy.

  3. cur68 - Jun 23, 2011 at 9:11 AM

    In all the Jays have scored 2 runs in the past 3 games. They are setting new levels of suck at the plate. Nix & Davis are strike out machines and the rest of the team prefer to start grounding out after they’ve got 2 strikes. RISP is an anathema hitting situation for them at the moment.

    Fortunately Jose Bautista has found that sweat swing again. You could see it coming around in the previous loss and last night he unleashed a pretty good bomb deep into the cheap seats in left field. That jumping catch was just to show how cool he is with the D.

    Adam Lind will hurt his back again any day now; he’s really stiff trying to stop balls along the line over at 1st. His dives and reaches are slow and he rarely comes up with the ball. He needs to sit for a while.

    TLR next. He’s gonna pwn them.

    • Jonny 5 - Jun 23, 2011 at 9:15 AM

      Talking about Bautistas’ “Sweat” again aye cur? LOL!! you almost sounded like curr there.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Jun 23, 2011 at 9:15 AM

      “Jose Bautista has found that sweat swing again.”

      I read this and thought this was the 2 “r” version of cur ;)

      • cur68 - Jun 23, 2011 at 9:22 AM

        Sorry. Sleepy still. Coffee slowly seaping into system. No edit button. Dispair over lack of offence. Spell cheque set to Ameriglish so I’m ignoring red edit lines @ the mo. And other excuses.

      • Old Gator - Jun 23, 2011 at 10:01 AM

        You need your liquid pacemaker in the A.M. too. A kindred spirit. Of course, my metabolism accelerates to level with the ambient temperature a lot more quickly than yours does. Pressure altitude and all that.

    • spudchukar - Jun 23, 2011 at 2:26 PM

      Cur, I know you have championed the Jays hitting coach in the past, but what gives with the offense? Of course I would like it to continue for a few more days, but honestly the ineptitude befuddles. I have a theory though, since MLB has gone almost exclusively to Maple bats, and as we all know they tend to break more easily than Ash, and the Maple tree is sacrosanct to Canadians, isn’t possible that Jays consider the use and/or abuse is blasphemous?

      • cur68 - Jun 23, 2011 at 4:16 PM

        Spuddy if I had answers I’d be shouting them from the roof right now. The Beavermen have 2 guys who swing at low and away (strike , not a strike, heading for the on deck circle, they still swing) in Davis and Nix. They got Patterson who’s a guy that thinks the high fastball is his little b!tch because he hit 1 for a homer in week 1. Everyone else thinks the time to start swinging is after they have 2 strikes on them. The whole team specializes in the pop out or ground out. They never GIDP because there’s NEVER anyone else on base.

        What Dwayne Murphy has to do about this is probably grab some guys by the scruff of their necks and haul their heads out of their butts.

        TLR is going to be able to relax from Friday to Sunday, because all you need to know about Jay’s hitting is encapsulated in that first paragraph.

  4. yankeesfanlen - Jun 23, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    As much as I applaud the Yankees philantropical efforts, this interleasgue goes a step too far. Apparently this little barnstorming tour has a following 100 years later, but the sellouts usually get YankeesLite, or maybe that’s just the brilliant mind of Joe Girardi sending in bizare lineups.
    So glad we could provide 4th of July audiences to Chicago and Cinncinnati even though it’s fewer people than come to the Cathedral on a Tuesday night vs. Kansas City.

    • uyf1950 - Jun 23, 2011 at 10:13 AM

      Obviously Wednesday was not a good day in Boston. Aside from the Red Sox losing their 2nd straight game to the Padres who let’s face it are not a good team. It was the Red Sox 3rd loss in their last 5 games. This fan can only hope that they have finally “cooled” off a bit from their “red hot” play.
      The other news to hit the wires and while not sports related but nevertheless I’m sure is of some degree of importance to Bostonian’s is that the reputed 81 year old Boston Crime Boss James “Whitey” Bulger” was captured after 16 years on the run by the FBI. He had been on the FBI’s 10 most wanted list. This proves crime does not pay at least eventually.

    • sportsdrenched - Jun 23, 2011 at 10:48 AM

      How’d that go the last time KC went to the Cathedral?

      It was probsably the highlight of the Royals season.

  5. Old Gator - Jun 23, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Well, that little winning streak didn’t last long, did it? The Feesh made it ofeeshal last night: worst month in franchise history. Where is Dave Magadan when we really need him? Boolpen fail: let’s trade Trevor Hoffman again, shall we? On the bright side, The Iron Giant is definitely responding well to the borac acid eyewash, and Hanley seems to be coming around (You theenk hees going to make eet? – I don’ know. He look preety seeck to me. – Look! I theenk hees coming around….) with a couple of multi-hit games and ribbies since the Curmudgeonly Undead inserted him (ooooo, I love that word) into the cleanup spot.

    Off to Seattle to try out the original Crapper prototype in the basement of Doc Maynard’s. They’ve managed to overload the landfills back here in Macondo.

  6. roadwearyaaron - Jun 23, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Looks like Heisey’s staking his claim to that starting spot in left field. Thank god. Now let’s hope Dusty gives him a solid string of starts instead of going back to the veterans hitting .215.

  7. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jun 23, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    That Peavy/AJ spat was hilarious, especially listening to Hawk laugh it off. Stonepony put it right, Peavy can’t possibly be too upset since AJ hit a 2-run triple (yes triple) to give Peavy the W despite Peavy’s non-quality start.

    Also, AJ should remind himself that he has no arm whatsoever and thus should never call out his pitchers about runners stealing on them. Sure, Floyd is easy to run on, but last night they ran all over AJ. He is a big part of the problem.

  8. APBA Guy - Jun 23, 2011 at 12:21 PM

    The Gold Unis finally ran out of mojo, with Weeks and Pennington going a lovely shade of 0-12 at the top of the lineup. It was the good RA Dickey and the good Gio last night, and for a while my prediction of 1-0 looked like it would hold up, but mighty Kurt Suzuki launched his first homer since May 8th to confuse the proceedings, ultimately until the 13th. This now means that Kurt will swing out of his shoes for the next six weeks until he hits another one, meanwhile lowering his average further towards the Mendoza. Speaking of denizens of the Line, Willingham was placed on the DL yesterday, so his .718 OPS presence will vacate the cleanup spot. Insert Matsui at .648, who was lavishly praised by the A’s announcers last night for his left field play. While he’s no Carl Crawford, he has moved better than expected and has grabbed two balls from fans in the left field foul line seats, earning the praise. Meanwhile Crisp is covering the left center gap with his speed and Sweeney is making near highlight reel catches in the right center gap.

    How much are the Mets spending on Beltran and Bay? $37,450,000.

    That’s practically the entire A’s payroll. Beltran’s at .856, which is good in today’s pitching dominated game, but Bay at .625? That’s A’s worthy. They’ll get a chance tonight against “My Man” Godfrey, who pitched well in his last start after a first start case of nerves. Godfrey faces Capuano who in his career has not fooled too many good hitters. The A’s have a plane to catch, so expect this one to be over quickly.

  9. natstowngreg - Jun 23, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    The Nats, Pirates, and Mariners are at .500. The Indians and Diamondbacks are 7 games over .500.

    To paraphrase the immortal words of Vince Lombardi, what the [expletive deleted] is going on here?!

  10. spudchukar - Jun 23, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Well, Lee was Lee, and the Cards are going to be susceptible to left-handed pitching for a while. When Freese, Craig, and Punto return from the DL, our chances will better. Lohse was okay again. Still has the one inning where he falters. I would bet he is in the top three pitchers in the NL in scoreless innings. But in his so-so outings the one inning has meant 3 runs, which can be his undoing. Late in the game we had the atom(attem’) ball working against us, but even if the hard hit balls would have found holes it is doubtful the outcome would have been different.

    Tonight we try to salvage one game. If any pitcher in the NL deserves for things to break his way it certainly is Carpenter. A win tonight would still give us the advantage in head to head play with Philly for the year, and put us back into first, with the struggling Jays coming to town. All in all it is amazing we are where we are, and that should not be forgotten.

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